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$50 million renovation project underway at Las Cruces schools

Some schools in Las Cruces are in need of renovations and repairs.

Last week voters approved a $50 million bond that gives a green light for construction on many projects.

Teachers at Columbia Elementary School said their classrooms get flooded every time it rains.

“Over time, you have damage and then you compound that with more rain, you’ve got more damage. We’ve got definitely a lot of repairs and we do already have a lot of patches but it’s a Band-Aid to the problems,” said Michelle Valdez, principal at Columbia Elementary School.

There are problems with the 15-year-old school's foundation, said Valdez.

The school was awarded $4 million for repairs.

“Our exterior walls are going to have to be repaired, we’ve got cracks and installation problems and, as far as our roof ,we just have to take care of some leaks,” said Valdez.

The hallway in the kindergarten wing is also on the list for repairs.

A parent who spoke with CBS4 on Monday is happy to hear that the bond passed.

A list of other schools in the Las Cruces Public Schools District that will be renovated, the cost of renovations and the repairs that will be made, follows:

• Fairacres Elementary School: $7 million for new classroom wing, new multipurpose room with new kitchen, remodel of existing multipurpose room for additional instructional space

• Hillrise Elementary School: $6 million for new multipurpose room with new kitchen, remodel of existing multipurpose room for additional instructional space

• Mayfield High School: $2.6 million for new school student, adult furniture

• MacArthur Elementary School: $2,236,000 to; enhance front entrance security, expand and remodel front offices to include security doors, include new nursing area plus ;$36,000 for office furniture

• Lynn Middle School: $2 million for new heating and cooling system throughout the school

Nearly $5 million will be put aside for any foreseen expenses in the district.

The superintendent, Dr. Greg Ewing, said construction at Columbia Elementary School, as well as other schools, is underway. And will last throughout this semester

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